Wagatha Christie Trial: Untangling the Court Battle Between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy

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Leaked Instagram stories, viral tweets, and a solo sting operation are conscionable a fewer of the elements astatine play successful the ongoing U.K. libel case between Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, the wives of two prominent British soccer stars. 

On May 10, the alleged Wagatha Christie lawsuit officially went to proceedings successful London's High Court, astir 2 years aft Rebekah, 40, archetypal sued Coleen, 36, for defamation backmost successful June 2020. 

In a witnesser connection connected May 13, Coleen said that she was "glad to person enactment an end" to Rebekah leaking others' backstage accusation to the property aft she caught the chap shot woman "betraying" her "red-handed" successful a self-described "sting operation." 

If you haven't been pursuing the proceedings up until this point, we've got you covered. It each kicked disconnected successful October 2019, erstwhile Coleen—who is the woman of erstwhile shot subordinate and Derby County F.C. manager Wayne Rooney—accused Rebekah, who is joined to Leicester City athlete Jamie Vardy, of leaking mendacious stories astir her to the British tabloid The Sun in a now-viral tweet.  

"For a fewer years present idiosyncratic who I trusted to travel maine connected my idiosyncratic Instagram relationship has been consistently informing The SUN paper of my backstage posts and stories," Coleen tweeted as portion of a lengthy statement. "To effort and beryllium this, I came up with an idea. I blocked everyone from viewing my Instagram stories but ONE account." 

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Coleen went connected to uncover her method of confirming the leak.

"Over the past 5 months I person posted a bid of mendacious stories to spot if they made their mode into the Sun newspaper," she explained. "And you cognize what, they did!" 

"I person saved and screenshotted each the archetypal stories which intelligibly amusement conscionable 1 idiosyncratic has viewed them," Coleen wrote. She past said the relationship was Rebekah Vardy's.  

The lawsuit has subsequently been nicknamed "Wagatha Christie." It's a nod to "WAGs"—an acronym utilized wrong British shot for "Wives And Girlfriends"—and also to the large execution enigma writer Agatha Christie, owed to Coleen's detective enactment to place Rebekah arsenic the alleged culprit.

But connected the aforesaid day Coleen unveiled her arsenic the premier suspect, Rebekah shut down the claims in a connection connected Twitter.  

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"I privation you had called maine if you thought this," Rebekah wrote successful part. "I ne'er talk to anyone astir you arsenic assorted journalists who person asked maine implicit the years tin vouch for." 

Rebekah also said that, had she known astir Coleen's stories were being leaked to the press, she could've tried changing her passwords to spot if it stopped, adding that "various people" had entree to her Instagram account.

"I'm not being comic but I don't request the money, what would I summation from selling stories connected you?" She asked. "I liked you a batch Coleen & I'm truthful upset that you person chosen to bash this, especially erstwhile I'm heavy pregnant." 

At the time, Rebekah was expecting her girl Olivia Grace. She shares 2 different children with Jamie, Sofia and Finlay, and has 2 children, Megan and Taylor, from a erstwhile relationship. She is besides step-mom to Jamie's girl Ella.

In June 2020, the societal media conflict moved into the courtroom arsenic Rebekah filed a libel assertion against Coleen. However, the chap shot woman has since defended her actions connected the ground of information and nationalist interest.  

In her witnesser connection connected May 13, Coleen described her tweet arsenic a "last resort" and claimed that she had previously issued warnings successful 2 antithetic societal media posts and also tried removing Rebekah from her account, but that "nothing had worked." 

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Coleen besides stated that determination person been "no leaks of posts from my account" since she pointed the digit at Rebekah.

On the aforesaid day, Rebekah cried arsenic she told the tribunal that she felt "bullied and manipulated" passim the cross-examination. She besides said that she proceeded with ineligible enactment due to the fact that she "didn't bash thing wrong," per the BBC.  

Rebekah's lawyer, Hugh Tomlinson, shared at trial that his client believes the culprit of the leak whitethorn person been her agent Caroline Watt, per The New York Times. According to the outlet, it was revealed successful tribunal that Caroline had dropped a phone into the sea that Coleen claimed contained WhatsApp messaged related to the case. 

It's unclear which leaks the lawyer was referring to. However, per The Atlantic, the tribunal proceedings revealed texts betwixt Rebekah and Caroline, her agent, successful which Caroline seemingly admitted to leaking info connected Coleen's 2019 car crash.

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